January 30, 1987 |
The South African government, further tightening its controls on the country's news media, gave the police authority Thursday to prohibit publication of anything they regard as a threat to security or public order. The new censorship powers are by far the most sweeping yet assumed by President Pieter W.
August 20, 1989 |
Police used rubber whips, tear gas and low-flying helicopters to disperse black picnickers at whites-only beaches near Cape Town on Saturday and broke up other anti-apartheid protests nationwide in the most concerted effort yet to quash a new campaign of civil disobedience.
June 15, 1986 |
Three days after the government imposed a national state of emergency to curb black unrest, terrorists struck with a car bomb that exploded Saturday night on Durban's crowded beachfront, killing two white women and seriously injuring at least 15 other people.
April 19, 1988 |
Cpl. Tobie van Rensburg scanned the eager crowd of black children. "We've got some land mines planted here," said the sandy-haired young man wearing the brown togs of the South African Defense Force. "And we want one of you to come in here and see if you can find them." A brave 11-year-old boy ventured gingerly onto the path, where imitation land mines were hidden beneath clods of dirt. A second boy followed, and a third.
July 3, 1988 |
Police arrested 538 people early Saturday in the Johannesburg area, bringing total arrests to more than 3,000 in a weeklong, nationwide anti-crime sweep. Police spokesman Pierre Louw said four of the 538 were wanted for murder. Others face charges ranging from robbery and illegal possession of guns or drugs to traffic offenses, he added. "The aim was just straightforward crime prevention," Louw said. He said no black guerrillas or political opponents of the government were held in the raids.
August 21, 1989 |
Swinging night sticks and wooden clubs, riot police on Sunday broke up a group of about 50 anti-apartheid protesters who defied a government ban by holding a political rally at a Johannesburg university campus. Several people were reported injured. The police, who were also armed with shotguns and semiautomatic rifles, had earlier erected roadblocks around the campus at the University of Witwatersrand, preventing hundreds of other activists from attending.